Friday, June 13, 2008

Tale of the Tape: Gray vs. Smyth

It's only a matter of time before Andy Gray and Tommy Smyth throw down during ESPN 's coverage of Euro 2008. During each day, the two of them throw zingers at each other and it has become one of the best things about watching the their coverage of the tournament.

If a fight would happen here is a tale of the tape:

Accomplishments in soccer:
Gray (right): Won PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year with Aston Villa for the 1976/1977 season.
Smyth (left): moved to the United States in 1963 following a brief football career with a local Scottish team. In America, he played with the Shamrock Club in the German American Soccer League.

TV claim to fame:
Gray: Voice of EA Sports FIFA series.
Smyth: One of the first recognized voice in America for soccer.

Classic catch phrases:
Gray: "Top drawer!", "Take a bow, son", "You don't save those!", "I'll tell you what the best do, they take their chances," "If you don't buy a ticket you don't win the raffle," and "Easy height for the keeper."
Smyth: ""In the back of the ole onion bag,'' and "a bulge in the auld onion bag.''

Great non-soccer highlight:
Gray: fathered five children, by four different women - his two ex-wives and former girlfriends Sara Matthews and Janet Trigg
Smyth: Smyth was the 2008 Grand Marshal of the 247th St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. He is also the co-host for WNBC coverage of the New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade from 1998-Present.

When you break it down, Gray's list of accomplishment far out way our boy Tommy Smyth. We call all hope that Smyth and Gray throw down on the set and my money is on Gray in a first round knockout.

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